Smashburger will bring its fast-casual burgers to the Back Bay

The soon-to-open location will debut a whole new look for the brand.

Smashburger will open a Back Bay location in April. –Jessica Grenier Photography

A Denver-based burger chain with a handful of locations in Greater Boston is about to open a lot closer to the city.

Smashburger, which opened its first Massachusetts location in Natick’s Sherwood Plaza in 2013, is set to open this April at 545 Boylston St. in the Back Bay, according to a press release. The space, designed by MG2, will offer seating for 43 guests, and will feature an exposed kitchen, a community table, high and low countertops, and bench seating.

While the new location’s interior will see nods to the chain’s Colorado roots, along with artwork showcasing the Bunker Hill Bridge, it will also serve as a revamp for Smashburger: The Back Bay outpost will feature new branding and a more upscale, fast casual design than its other location.


A spokesperson for the company also confirmed that Smashburger is planning to sell beer at this location.

The burger chain, which was founded in 2007, has made a name for itself with its signature style of patty: Angus beef that has been smashed into a thin disc on a seasoned grill, resulting in burgers like the Classic Smash, Bacon Smash, and Spicy Jalapeño Baja. Rosemary, garlic, and olive oil SmashFries are a popular side dish, and diners can top off their meal with hand-spun milkshakes made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Smashburger isn’t the only burger chain expanding toward downtown. Local favorite Tasty Burger is hoping to open a branch at 48 Water St. in Downtown Crossing, and has petitioned the city for a beer and wine license and a closing time of 2 a.m. It would join Shake Shack, which opened at 322 Washington St., as the latest burger chain to move into Downtown Crossing.

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